looking for fresh sardines
where can i find fresh sardines preferably on the east side LA? ok, i'll be more specific, Pasadena, Glendale etc. any farmers markets? I was listening to Evan Kleiman's show this past Sat. and her guest was talking about making ceviche with fresh sardines. yum yum.
well, if you find some, let me know, because I've asked a few fishmongers from Whole Foods, several farmers markets, etc. and they all told me you could only find them frozen.
With explanations ranging from "oh, you can't keep them fresh here in this climate" (whereas in the Mediterranean, somehow they can) to "the California Department of Fish & Game won't allow it" (by the same person who told me that "the only place in California I could find them would be in Monterrey").
I've tried a couple of Koreatown markets as well but none carried fresh sardines. Haven't tried 99 Ranch because there isn't one next to me, nor any Japanese markets. You may have more luck there.
Since tons of sardines mysteriously died in Redondo recently, I can only deduct that 1) these are local and sustainable delicious fishes that no one bothers to harvest here, for reason that don't make sense to me 2) maybe because most people don't know how to prepare a fish that doesn't look like steak?
So, if you find them fresh somewhere without having to catch them yourself, let me know. I've been dying to grill some for ages, and frozen/thawed ones (which you can find at Whole Foods occasionally) are really not the same.
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I also recommend McCall's Meat and Fish Co. in Los Feliz.
The best way to find out what they have is to follow them on Twitter. Their website isn't updated regularly but they 'tweet' every other day or so about what's in. Honestly, they are my favorite protein source at the moment...
A few days ago, they put out a beautiful pictures of their fresh Sardines. Also, call them for expected delivery.
As to the Marina del Rey bait option...I applaud the idea but I can't get over the water quality that the bait are swimming in.
McCall's Meat and Fish
2117 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Many of the Japanese markets often have fresh sardines...Mitsuwa, Marukai and even Nijiya on occasion. Unfortunately as far as I know those aren't very close to you. If you go, call ahead, ask for the fresh fish department, and see if they have fresh sardines in stock. I see often see sardines at Marukai but I wouldn't say that I see them all the time.
On another note, sardines do not last very long at all. Even the ones I've bought at Marukai, although I could say they were fairly fresh, I couldn't say that they were good enough to make ceviche out of. Local sardines are good fish but they're not the best in the world to eat raw unless you get them the day they are caught.
J & P West Coast Fish of San Pedro sells at several farmers’ markets and often has fresh sardines. I usually grill them like I recall them from visits to Portugal and Morocco. You might want to call them in the middle of the week to see if they expect any sardines and to find out what markets they will be at. I do know they go to Hollywood but probably no further north or east. 818 681 9748 or email@example.com
By the way, how did Glendale and Pasadena become the east side?
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i'll try J&P again. they didn't have them this past saturday. when i say "eastside" i'm talking about general direction since i don't have the time to travel too far west and i'm situated in pasadena. not as in "the eastside" as most LA people seem to identify with silverlake, echo park, etc. what's your east side? east LA? i know people from east LA who laugh at me when i call echo park eastside.
I got some fantastic, fresh sardines from J & P West Coast Fish at the farmers' market this past weekend. With seven sardines weighing a total of two pounds, they were much bigger than the usual fare. I was hoping to find a sardine ceviche recipe on Evan Kleiman's Good Food podcast (as you referred to) but couldn't find anything. So I grilled them as usual, closed my eyes and pretended to be somewhere on the Mediterranean Sea